CUT-OUT COOKIES (From the Naperville Covenant Church little cookies and bars cookbook recipe by Gail B.)
2 sticks soft butter
2 1/2 c. flour
1 c. confectioners sugar
1 T. milk
1 t. vanilla
Directions: Cream butter. Add flour and sugar alternately. Add milk. Add vanilla. Mix well.
Roll out dough in batches about the size of your fist clenched. Use cookie cutters to make shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake 9 - 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool. Decorate with your choice of frosting. This is a no-fail recipe with ingredients you most likely have on hand already. Yum! Anne requests these every year!!
CHOCOLATE BALLS (Translated by Anne from a Swedish cookbook! IKEA has good measuring cups for the metric system)
100 gr. butter (room temperature)
150 ml granulated sugar
1 msk (or 1 T.) vanilla sugar (conf. sugar is a decent substitute)
3 msk (or 3 T.) cocoa powder
500 ml oats
2-3 msk (2-3 T. water)
DIRECTIONS: Combine first the butter and sugar. Add all the other ingredients. Form into balls. Coat with topping of (pick one) pearl sugar (shown in the picture above), flaked coconut
or granulated sugar. Refrigerate - no baking.
As you'll probably notice, there's a whole lot of butter in these recipes. Like Julia Child said,
"There's nothing like butter!" Of course, moderation is always the way to go....right?